Let me get this straight…By serving his country he is no longer a “resident”?
Wouldn’t that apply to every single Congressman and Senator…As well as Armed Services Member serving overseas?
This one stinks!
An appeals court has ordered former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for mayor of Chicago, saying he does not meet the residency requirement for candidates.
Attorney Burt Odelson, who represents clients challenging Emanuel’s residency, told the Associated Press about the 2-1 ruling from the Illinois appeals court.
Odelson’s clients say Emanuel is not eligible because he spent much of the past two years living in Washington as President Obama’s top aide.
Kevin Forde, Emanuel’s lawyer, told the Chicago Sun-Timesthat the 2-1 ruling is “a surprise.”
Michael Dorf, an Illinois election lawyer not involved in the case, said the dispute is “absolutely headed for the state Supreme Court.”
Dorf told USA TODAY’s Judy Keen that he listened to the appellate court arguments last week and “thought Emanuel’s side had the better piece of it.”
“Common sense clearly works in Emanuel’s favor,” Dorf said.
The ruling can be read here.
Emanuel, a hard-charging congressman before Obama tapped him for White Hosue duty, is leading polls conducted by theChicago Tribune and various unions for the mayor’s job. Emanuel, a former top fundraiser and aide to President Bill Clinton, also leads in fundraising with $11.7 million in receipts.
The election is on Feb. 22 and the winner will succeed Richard M. Daley, the city’s longest-serving mayor.
Earlier this month, an Illinois judge upheld the ruling of a Chicago elections board that Emanuel meets the residency requirement. The legal challenge arose because Emanuel rented out his Chicago house while serving as White House chief of staff.